Bill’s Kitchen

Bill’s Kitchen by Bill Sewell

Introduced by Bill Sewell


I’m writing my first book for twenty years. It will be a beautifully illustrated hardback with all my favourite recipes from 30 years of cooking at home and in my cafés in London, Hereford and Cambridge.


My previous two cookbooks were published by HarperCollins, a conventional publisher. This time around I had a very clear idea of what kind of book I wanted to create and I therefore wanted to publish it myself so that I had complete creative control. Crucially that has meant that I’ve been able to build my own team (Jay Watson, photographer; Michael Phillips, designer; Marianne Ryan, editor; Dominic Harbour, communications/PR) who have a shared commitment to creating a beautiful and practical book. Secondly, I can decide on the specification of the book without reference to the cost-cutters in the finance department of a big publishing company. So the book will be hardback; printed on excellent quality paper with illustrations for every recipe and with coloured cloth bookmarks to make it easier to use.

Bill’s Kitchen will be crowd-funded via Kickstarter. So if you’d like to see my new book on your shelves next autumn, visit We have until the end of May 2017 to make it happen. There are great rewards on offer, from advance copies of the book to café treats and the chance to have me cook dinner for you and your friends at my home.

The Kickstarter campaign went live on 1st May and it will end on 31st May. So there’s just 31 days from 1st May to guarantee Bill’s Kitchen will go ahead.The final editing and fine-tuning of the book will take place during May and June and the book will go to the printers at the beginning of July and will be delivered in plenty of time to start sending it out to you at the beginning of October of this year. In plenty of time for Christmas!

Click here to flick through a taster pdf of the book.


To find out more about the book and watch Bill’s Kickstarter campaign video, click on this link:

On the final day of the fundraising campaign for the book, Bill Sewell will be speaking at the Hay Festival. Click here to buy tickets.

Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp, Wednesday 31 May 2017, 7pm

On the final day of his crowd-funding campaign for his new book Bill’s Kitchen, food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell discusses his journey from concerned London vegetarian to enthusiastic rural omnivore. His trademarks are strong flavours, simple techniques and a passion for the pleasure of cooking as well as eating. They talk about eating well but not cleanly; and the ways in which social media can either kill or build a sense of community around food, cooking and eating.


This post was fuelled by a Leek, Lentil and Parmesan Bake served with fresh salad leaves and roasted pepper ketchup at Bill’s Kitchen Café at All Saints in Hereford.

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